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ZDNet: Linux is no Windows killer

Jan 17, 2001, 20:19 (81 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cory W. Matthews)

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"Right now, Linux is the buzz, some even call it "Windows killer". I hope the "demise of Windows" soothsayers are talking about the server market and not the desktop, because Linux has a long way to go on this one."

"I popped over to RedHat.com for the free download of Linux 7.0. The file is a mere 650MB in size -- let me take a stab in the dark and say they aren't gunning for the dial-up market with this freebie. If you don't have the patience for the download and want a manual, you can buy various versions of Linux for about $30. To see what all the hubbub was about, I put together a box from parts and loaded Linux 7.0. The setup was relatively easy and smooth, at the beginning it asked me if I wanted to load the GUI (Windows like) interface by default, I said yes. Which one, Gnome or KDS[sic]? Since I loaded Gnome the first time and found it to be a POS, I opted for KDS[sic]. Slightly better. I figured I would work with the interface for a couple of weeks and have a pretty good idea on how to get around."

"I am a geek by trade and I couldn't figure out how to perform simple tasks like setting the clock or resizing the desktop. Will some think I am a moron for not knowing how? Yes. Do I care? No. "You have to do it from the command line, why don't you use the command line?" Because I don't like the command line and neither does 90 percent of the population."

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